Senior Care Management & Staff
Our senior care management is dedicated to senior citizen assistance and rehabilitation. Get to know the senior care staff at Luther Woods, and read their biographies below.
Lynn McLaughlin, BS, RN, NHA
Administrator Lynn McLaughlin may have officially been in geriatric healthcare for more than 31 years, but most of her childhood was spent in the company of the elderly. As a child of a minister, Lynn grew up watching her father exhibit a deep respect for and special dedication to his older parishioners. Later, in her teenage years, Lynn channeled her love of caregiving into a part-time job at Holy Redeemer hospital and then fulfilled her educational goals by pursuing a degree in nursing from Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pa.
In 1981, Lynn became a full-time employee of Luther Woods, working in various clinical roles until she earned her license as a nursing home administrator and took her current leadership position in 1994. Today, Lynn oversees all of Luther Woods clinical and operational functions, as well as up to 140 residents and 127 senior care staff. Over the years, Lynn has applied her personal philosophy that, ‘you can’t do this as a job, it is a way of life and a calling,’ sleeping over with many other senior care management during snow storms, attending resident celebrations and recognizing Luther Woods as her extended family.
For Lynn, there is simply nothing better than wishing farewell to a resident heading home after a full recovery and working with her colleagues-many of whom have been at Luther Woods as long or longer than she has.
Suzanne Arrighy, RN
Director of Nursing
For Director of Nursing Suzanne Arrighy, Luther Woods is truly a family affair. Not only does her daughter, Stephanie, work in the social services department but her husband’s grandmother is a resident. In addition, she has lived in the area all of her life and today still resides only a mile away. Even more, you could say her career in geriatric nursing was inspired by her family-as she grew up with her grandparents living in her childhood home.
Today, Suzanne is board certified in gerontology after starting her career at Abington Hospital in medical/surgical and recovery room, and becoming a certified rehabilitation specialist for acute and brain injuries. One of the few facilities for long-term medically-complex care, Suzanne was attracted to Luther Woods specialty areas and joined the senior care management in 2001 as the Assistant Director of Nursing.
As Director of Nursing since 2006, Suzanne oversees the nursing staff at Luther Woods, as well as the development of and adherence to clinical policies and procedures. An integral part of the executive decision-making team at Luther Woods, Suzanne sees the close cooperation of Luther Woods leadership, as well as the independent ownership, as great assets to the quality of care Luther Woods provides.
With a family member living right down the hall from her office, Suzanne truly knows where resident’s families are coming from. That’s why you will find her door open and a ready and sympathetic listener at the desk.
Katharine Gray, MSW
Director of Admissions and Social Services
With her advanced degree, a Master’s in Social Work, it’s no wonder that Kathy’s favorite aspect of working with the elderly for the past 15 years is how much you can learn from the breadth of their experiences, and the interesting perspective they bring to their thoughts about recent history.
As Director of Admissions and Social Services, Kathy is often one of the first members of our senior care management whoÂ families meet as they get to know Luther Woods. Kathy coordinates the admissions process with hospitals, conducts orientation with potential residents and serves as a resource between residents and health insurance companies. During their stay, Kathy monitors the relationship between residents and, as they leave, Kathy spearheads discharge planning–obtaining home care and medical equipment, if needed.
In the spring, Kathy will be one of the first of the senior care staff to throw open the windows for some fresh air and will always volunteer for a stroll in the garden to see the flowers and meet the newest members of the duck family.
Social Services Coordinator
Stephanie began her career in the Activities department at Luther Woods nine years ago after graduating from Penn State with a B.A. in Psychology. As Social Services Coordinator, Stephanie is responsible for monthly reports on the residents, working closely with Luther Woods psychiatrist to ensure their overall health. Stephanie also assists Kathy Gray in the admissions process.
It took a few years of gentle motivation from her mother, Suzanne, and her experience at Luther Woods, but Stephanie will begin her nursing degree through Abington Hospital this summer.
Leslie Fine, RN, BSN
Registered Nurse Assessment Coordinator (RNAC)
For Leslie, being the RNAC is the perfect combination of her two favorite things: computers and geriatric care. Highly organized, and touting more than two decades of registered nursing experience, Leslie gathers and submits the required Minimum Data Set (MDS) reports, part of the federally-mandated process for clinical assessment of all residents in Medicare or Medicaid certified nursing homes. This process provides a comprehensive assessment of each resident’s functional capabilities and helps the senior care staff identify health problems.
And for the record, she knows everyone raves about the crab cakes, but what she really likes best are the thick-cut steak fries that accompany them every time.
Gigi is Luther Woods’ seven-year-old pet therapy dog. She came to Luther Woods as a puppy with her brothers and sisters during a special visit and liked it so much, she decided to stay. Roughly translated from Chinese, Shih Tzu means ‘Lion Dog’–so named because it was bred to resemble the lion as depicted in traditional oriental art. You’ll often find Gigi in the Activities studio visiting with our residents, or in the Administrative offices taking a well-deserved snooze.
Sprite is a three-year-old pet-therapy parrot at Luther Woods. She likes to ‘whistle while she works’, preferring a soothing melody to constant parrot chatter. Sprite enjoys the company of her human companions, visiting with residents at least daily by coming out of her cozy cage in the Activities room.